AfriMold joins forces with SA Automotive Week

Two of Africa”s leading manufacturing trade shows; South African Automotive Week and AfriMold have announced a co-hosting agreement for 2014. Both shows will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, between October 14- 16, this year

Frankfurt/Main, 11 June 2014 – Two of Africa”s leading manufacturing trade shows; South African Automotive Week and AfriMold have announced a co-hosting agreement for 2014. In terms of the agreement both shows will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, between October 14- 16, this year. The shows will share certain services and three massive halls comprising 15 000sqm of trade show floor space, which will make Gallagher in Midrand the focus of the automotive industry in Africa.

South African Automotive Week Working Group Chairman and National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (NAACAM) Director Robert Houdet said the co-hosting arrangement was a logical step that was in the interest of the industry. “The events complement each other and their co-habitation will boost value to industry participants and create an even more powerful showcase of South Africa”s manufacturing capability,”” Houdet said.

The AfriMold trade fair is a hub of innovation where local and international market leaders exhibit solutions for product development through – design, material selection, simulation, visualisation, engineering, CAE, CAD and CAM, rapid prototyping and tooling, patternmaking and prototyping, precision machining, mould-making, tooling, tools, machine tools, quality assurance and automation, as well as processing and finishing. South African Automotive Week is Africa”s automotive intellectual gathering, focused on stimulating trade and partnership opportunities in manufacturing and related sectors. SAAW is the continent”s showcase for manufacturers of vehicle components and Electric Vehicles.

“The synergies between these events are clear,” says Ron MacLarty, MD of AfriMold. “By presenting them simultaneously, we are enabling the full spectrum of automotive, machining, engineering, tooling, manufacturing and related sectors the opportunity to discover all the latest trends, strategies and solutions under one roof. The combined event can now offer a broad engineering industry focus, with Auto remaining the core theme, and the focus expanding from the technology behind the car all the way through to the finished product ecosystem.”

South African Automotive Week Director, Andrew Binning said South African Automotive Week would comprise several activities including the trade show, technical or trade related workshops, a 2-day conference, site tours, an online match making programme and networking activities, including the NAACAM AGM on October 16.

Both SAAW and AfriMold would host their own niched exhibitions: AfriMold in Hall 3 and South African Automotive Week in Halls 4 and 5. Both events aim to grow SA”s manufacturing capabilities and global competitiveness, traditionally attracting local and international participants from across the design, materials, prototyping, tooling, conversion, assembly, testing, packaging, distribution/logistics and automotive sectors. The increased B2B, networking and cross-sector new business opportunities presented by co-hosting the events is expected to benefit exhibitors and attendees alike. “Not only will the combined event put South African innovators in touch with international manufacturers able to deliver on their product innovations; it also presents a key opportunity for local manufacturers to showcase their capabilities to the world,”” claims a statement from the organisers.

The combined event now boasts endorsements and support from major bodies such as the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) and the Tooling Association of South Africa (TASA). In addition, University Design Competitions, Eco Speedweek, networking functions, site tours and a world class online match making programme will feature alongside the event. Eco Speedweek includes “track day Friday”, in which cars powered by alternative energy sources compete in an endurance race at Gerotek.
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Exhibitors who have not yet secured their space at the AfriMold exhibition can book their stands by contacting either: Dione Zimmer, DEMAT GmbH (EuroMold), Tel.: + 49 69 274 003 70, Mail: (for Europe)
Ann Evans, Tel.: +27 82 336 6791, Mail: OR Terri Bernstein, Tel.: +27 83 635 3539, Mail:
Exhibitors who have not yet secured space at South African Automotive Week can book a limited number of remaining stands by contacting Graziella Ventresca-Norton at Tel.: + 27 (0) 861 101 475 or Bildquelle: 

About AfriMold:
From Industrial Design to Moldmaking – AfriMold, with focus on machine tools and tooling, design and product development, organised in cooperation with EuroMold provides the entire concept of the process chain on the African continent. The know-how of suppliers, manufacturers and service providers gives buyers and sellers a significant advantage. In 2014, the experience of the exhibitors will be taken into account ensuring AfriMold”s leading role for the industry, and indirectly for the entire South African economy. Technical and high-profile conferences provide an additional platform for this purpose.

About EuroMold:
EuroMold – World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development – celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2013. Based on the process chain “from design to prototype to series”, it presents products and services, technologies and innovations, trends and tendencies for the markets of the future. The EuroMold process chain promotes the formation of networks, partnerships and business relationships. EuroMold offers a unique trade fair concept that closes the gap between industrial designers, product developers, fabricators, suppliers and users. The EuroMold trade fair reveals methods for the faster, more cost-effective and efficient development and manufacturing of new products. This increasingly plays a central role in the modern economy. The renowned trade fair organiser DEMAT GmbH transfers the successful concept of world-leading EuroMold trade fair to attractive foreign markets on a total of five continents.

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